April 29, 2013
Jayhawk Invite: Texas Select champs
Gardner, Kan. -- On the final day of the 2013 Jayhawk Invitational, Texas Select captured the 17's title, led by high-major prospect Myles Turner.
Before the 1:50 p.m., championship game for the 17's bracket, KC Run GMC 16's were looking to take home their championship when they took on the Illinois Wolves.
Jimmy Whitt, who is becoming a rapidly talked about name on the AAU circuit, was excellent all weekend for GMC, helping them reach Sunday's final.
The game was back and forth throughout. Illinois was great at getting and knocking down open looks while GMC is very adept at getting to the basket, led by Whitt, and the low post play of 6-foot-7 forward Kevin Puryear.
At one point GMC found themselves down 10 late in the second half by made a strong comeback with Whitt getting to the basket as well as Drew Lock, who has a football offer from Missouri, knocking down outside shots.
With under a minute to go, GMC took the lead. Illinois took the ball the length of the court in an attempt to get to the rim. Although there was a clean block of the ball with 1.8 seconds left on the clock, Lock was called for a foul with his body, sending the Wolves' point guard to the line. Both shots were knocked down from the charity stripe, giving the wolves the championship after a long heave from three-quarters court by GMC was off-target.
Myles Turner and Texas Select Champs
In the 17's championship, it was Texas Select against the Illinois Wolves, who were trying to lock down another championship for the weekend.
High-major prospect Myles Turner was the big name of the weekend and had college coaches from all over the country on hand to watch the 6-foot-10 big man.
Turner, who played well throughout the weekend despite constant double-teams and not getting the ball in good low post position for the majority of the time, scored 10 points in his teams' 47-35 win and showed, once again, a nice shooting touch from mid-range.
Illinois featured 2014 Ohio State commit Keita Bates-Diop, a smooth 6-foot-7 forward who can knock down shots from the perimeter and cause match-up problems against smaller guards and small forwards.
Although Illinois had some good shooters and athletic players, Texas' size, led by Turner, was too much and their shot-blocking and ability to protect the rim and rebound was the difference.
In all it was another great year at the Jayhawk Invite, which is becoming one of the premier tournaments in the early portion of the spring/summer AAU circuit.
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